Swapping out alfalfa cubes for beet pulp?

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  1. WP Blue

    WP Blue Senior Member

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    I have a 30 year old gelding who is currently on a mash of alfalfa/timothy cubes, alfalfa pellets, and Haystacks Special Blend, and about 1/2 flake of alfalfa AM and PM. With the temperatures dropping, it takes forever for the cubes to break down into a mash. Their quality has been questionable as well (I found plastic pieces in the cubes of the last bag I bought). My question is, can I substitute beet pulp shreds for the cubes? My main concern is fiber intake. I board and so it's not possible for me to add warm water to the feedings - I will ask the BO about doing this, but in the event that it's not a possibility, I'd rather have a game plan now before winter hits. Thanks for reading!
     
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    You can but the beet pulp should also be soaked, so you will have the same issue.

    Buy a hot water heater that you can put in a bucket of water, plug in, and have hot water to soak the cubes in.

    Or, an electric kettle for heating tea water will do, but takes longer.
     
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    Thanks, those are some good ideas. I'm currently giving him a beet pulp shreds as well in the evenings. I let his mash soak for about 3 hours while I'm at the barn. The pellets and BP are completely soaked and soft, but the cubes are still rock hard. Maybe I will start bringing some hot water from home so at least he can have cubes overnight, and switch to BP/pellets in the AM for the barn owner to feed. SO much to think about with these oldies!
     
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    Are you also giving him a probiotic in his feed? That suppluments digestive enzymes that older horses tend to produce less of and will help him absorb more nutrition from his food.
     
  5. Puddincup

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    Find out if your feed store will sell alfalfa pellets instead of cubes. Lots less soaking time and my horses seem to prefer them...at the moment anyway:rolleyez:


    Edit: sorry I reread. I should post after 11 pm because I miss so much when I read. But can you up the alfalfa pellets if the cubes don't work? Or is there a reason it must be cubes?
     
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    Alfalfa pellets would be a good alternative, I wouldn't swap alfalfa for beet pulp, alfalfa is far more valuable from a nutrition standpoint.
     
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    Could you not soak a whole days worth and re do it each night for the following day if your there in the evenings? That’s what I do with mine. I soak it in a Rubbermaid overnight so that it’s good to get fed the next morning and evening.
     
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    Myself as well. I soak the day before, and while yes, I will eventually deal with freezing too, I'm just going to get a kettle to boil some water and then the cubes expand in minutes.

    I must be lucky with my brand of cubes, even if I forget to soak the day before, they are usually soaked fully within 40 minutes of adding water.
     
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